Things to See and Do

Things to see and do

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?
    • The play area - this will remain closed. 

     

    Witley Court, the gardens and woodland walk are open as usual with social distancing measures in place. 

  • Keeping you Safe

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

A Romantic Ruin

Walk up the sweeping driveway to the spectacular ruins of Witley Court and imagine a bygone era of decadent house parties, balls and concerts.

In the 1890s fashionable society flocked to Witley Court, including one frequent royal visitor, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

Take in the impressive architecture and see the charred timbers from the disastrous fire which ripped through the court in 1937, destroying one of England's greatest country houses.

Glorious Gardens

Wander through the intricately designed parterres, vibrant flower beds, ornate terraces and pavilions which make up the magnificently landscaped gardens of Witley Court. Today garden lovers can enjoy the beautifully restored East Parterre garden complete with topiary and colourful planting. There is something to enjoy in the garden in every season.

Not to be missed is the spectacular Perseus and Andromeda fountain 'firing' as it comes to life - once said to make the noise of an express train. Following a seven month conservation project the fountain has now been fully restored and fires every day from April to the end of October.

Wilderness Play Area

Home to a wide range of flowers and mini beasts, the wooden play area provides a fun and challenging space for adventurous children of all ages.

Inspired by the surrounding wilderness, there's a tree-house shaped like a seed pod, outdoor musical instruments and even a grass-covered amphitheatre. Braver explorers can tackle the wobbly bridge, scramble nets and slide.

Perfect for family picnics the play area is located near the visitor centre and is a huge hit with visitors of all ages. Find out more about family visits to Witley.

Behind the Scenes

Pick up a free audio guide and bring Witley to life with stories of past residents.

Re-live the extravagant lifestyle of the Foley and Dudley families who owned this classic example of a great Victorian country house.

Follow in the footsteps of the butler and other servants, and wander through the labyrinth of small rooms and passageways.

Flowers in bloom in the woodland

Woodland Walks

Explore the winding woodland paths of Witley's vast parkland and wonder at the many different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world. The rhododendron collection is particularly impressive.

Follow the path beside the lake and look out for the rustic Victorian boathouse. If you are lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a great crested grebe fishing for his supper. Just one of the many beautiful birds which make up Witley's varied wildlife.

Great Witley Church

Extend your visit and wander over to see Great Witley Church. The parish church of St Michael and All Angels which is attached to Witley Court.

Untouched by the fire of 1937 this delightful church with its amazing Italianate Baroque interior, is a must-see for any visitor.

(Please note Great Witley Church is not managed by English Heritage)

Shop

Come and browse heritage-inspired gifts, traditional children's toys and souvenirs.

Sample our wide selection of wines, chutneys and jams or pick up information on our events and other English Heritage properties.

Why not also shop online before or after your visit?

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